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BRUTE Mechs are back in Fortnite and everyone’s losing their mind

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Fortnite’s controversial BRUTE Mech suits have been re-enabled after Epic Games took them down on September 11 to resolve some issues, and players are not impressed.

BRUTE Mech suits were added to Fortnite in Season 10 and have become possibly the most controversial addition to the game ever, rivalling the Infinity Blade, X-4 Stormwing planes and others from seasons gone by.

They have been riddled with bugs and are seen as overpowered by the majority of players, with many content creators begging Epic to remove them.

The BRUTE has returned. Credit – Epic Games.

On September 12, Epic Games announced on Twitter that BRUTE’s are back in all playlists, just a day after being disabled for some bug fixes. Most fans were incredibly disappointed with their return, as they were enjoying Fortnite without being plagued by a mechanical terror.

Some of the biggest Fortnite community members quickly added their opinions on the Mechs’ return.

Avxry was one of the first to comment and he was surprisingly happy, not because of the BRUTE’s return, but because Borderlands 3 was coming out and he could play something else to avoid the controversial feature.

Meanwhile, TSM’s Slappie couldn’t have been more disappointed, as he claimed he lost the first round of a tournament due to the BRUTE and offered a sarcastic “I love Epic Games!” message along with some equally backhanded smiley faces.

Players on Reddit had a similar outlook, with a thread on the subject being filled with comments like “Thanks I hate it” and “was fun while it lasted.” Among the sea of hate, it’s difficult to find anyone that is happy about the return of the large pieces of machinery.

With the return of the BRUTE, players will once again have to tread carefully and keep their eyes peeled for their presence.

At this point, the reaction to their reappearance was expected and will more than likely continue right the way through Season 10 until they are eventually removed – which is what usually happens with strongly opposed features in the end.

What do you think of the BRUTE? Do you want it to stay in the game? Let us know below!

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How to collect Floating Rings at Pleasant Park

All Pleasant Park Floating Ring locations for the Fortnite Season 3 Week 4 challenges.

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Chapter 2 Season 3 is appraoching the halfway mark – at least, in terms of original scheduling. We’re still in the seasonal grace period where things feel fresh and interesting. Hopefully, Epic keep this feeling going into Season 4.

The week 4 challenges are nearly here, which means it’s time to get those Battle Pass levels up. Most dedicated players should be well past the level 50 mark by the time these challenges are complete.

Most of the Season 3 Week 4 challenges are easy enough to finish without looking for online guides but, as always, Epic have added one challenge that requires some searching: Collect floating Rings at Pleasant Park. Luckily, we have you covered with all of their locations.

At the time of writing, the challenges have yet to release. We see that this particular challenge requires only one ring in the game files, but we’re not sure that this will be the case. We had to find four in Lazy Lake, after all, so it would make sense for us to have to visit all four locations.

The good news about this challenge is that – even if you have to collect all four – the rings are located on the Zipline path surrounding the POI. All you have to do is land at the bottom ring and Zipline your way around Pleasant to collect them all. Here’s a video of randomChievos doing just that.

You can take a look at the rest of the Season 3 Week 4 challenges here, but they’re relatively self-explanatory – nothing that a couple of Team Rumble and normal matches can’t solve. Have fun!

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Ninja announces first YouTube Stream

Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has announced his first stream on YouTube.

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Update 7/8 12:54 PM: According to Slasher, Ninja has yet to sign an exclusive deal with any platform. This first stream is not part of any deal. “Maybe he’ll stream on Twitch too.”

Original article: On July 8, one of the most popular Fortnite streamers on any platform, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, announced that he’d be beginning the next chapter of his streaming career on YouTube. This news comes after weeks of speculation as to where Ninja and Shroud would land following Mixer’s shutdown.

To many fans, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Ninja was the first streamer to sign an exclusive deal with Mixer, and Twitch didn’t seem to take too kindly to his leaving. Twitch immediately removed Ninja’s partnership and even started promoting other Fortnite streams on his channel. The situation came to a head when a channel view-botted their way to the top of the Fortnite category while streaming pornographic content. This was, of course, promoted in Ninja’s old channel.

Additionally, Ninja’s good friend, Jack ‘CourageJD’ Dunlop has been incredibly successful after making the switch to YouTube. The cherry on top of this speculation sundae was that Ninja accidentally scheduled a public test stream on YouTube on July 7. His move was finally confirmed the following day, July 8.

Ninja will be hosting his first YouTube stream today, July 8. Hopefully, this means that the always-entertaining Ninja Battles Fortnite tournament series can resume – a weekly dose of high-level, invitation-only competitive Fortnite gameplay.

At the time of writing, Ninja has only tweeted his YouTube stream for all of his followers. This does not mean that he has signed an exclusive deal – only that he wants to get back to streaming. We’ll update this post when he goes live and gives the fans some additional information.

Ninja will look to continue his growth on YouTube, focusing on creating videos and streams for his fans. We’re excited to see how many people tune-in for Ninja’s first YouTube stream. It’s great to have one of the faces of Fortnite back on the streaming grind.

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SypherPK offers several solutions to Fortnite’s biggest problem

SypherPK gives his thoughts on how Fortnite can solve the problem of Fortnite lobbies dying out too quickly.

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There are always going to be some problems in Fortnite. As is the case with any popular game, fans will always have something to complain about – both justifiably and not. Right now, though, the biggest problem in Fortnite is the pacing of public matches.

Nearly every Fortnite match plays out in a similar way as your last one. You land, loot, fight, and then spend the entirety of the mid-game phase battling Marauders and rotating to the zone. Fights are isolated to the early and late-game scenarios because the bulk of the lobby is gone before the first zone closes.

This has been an issue for the entirety of Chapter 2, and possibly longer. It’s more highlighted now, as other games like Warzone and Hyper Scape solve the problem.

Both aforementioned titles make it easy to revive dead teammates – much easier than it is in Fortnite. Warzone also has 150 players in each map, furthering the number of mid-game engagements. Hyper Scape, on the other hand, evenly distributes players to ensure that one location isn’t overrun.

Most players point to skill-based matchmaking as the culprit, but as SypherPK highlighted, this isn’t the issue. In fact, without SBMM, lobbies might dry-out even faster as good players eliminate all of the bad players they encounter.

During a recent stream, Sypher outlined the differences between Hyper Scape, Warzone, and Fortnite. He presented several ways that Fortnite could emulate these Battle Royales to help increase the number of players who survive in each match.

Sypher gave an in-depth explanation as to why Fortnite matches can seem so slow. The general point seems to be that Fortnite players have outgrown the current system as the Battle Royale genre has moved in an aggressive and fast-paced direction.

Many players have discussed upping the player count in public Fortnite matches, but competitive matches suggest that the server stability might now be able to handle it. Instead, Sypher presented a list of other solutions.

  • Making the bus move faster
  • Making gliders faster
  • Spawning players with a weapon
  • Making it easier to reboot teammates
  • Evenly spreading players by default
  • Adding another bus to public matches
  • Adding a Gulag mechanic

These may not all solve the problem that Sypher is trying to address, but they take a stab at it. It’s clear that Epic need to do something about lobbies dying too quickly. New weapons and items won’t solve this one.

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